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January 21, 2013

Shorties (Infographics About the Novel Les Miserables, Songs That Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, and more)

Neoformix shares a series of infographics based on Victor Hugo's novel Les Miserables.


Riffraff lists five songs that honor Dr. Martin Luther King.


The Largehearted Boy books of the year (more lists to come):

my favorite graphic novels of 2012
my favorite nonfiction books of 2012
my favorite novels of 2012
my favorite short story collections of 2012


Salon gathers memoir-writing advice from authors.


All Things Considered profiles singer-songwriter Sean Lennon.


The Millions recommends 10 books to read now that the television series Girls is back.


Flavorwire lists rock musicians' electronic side projects from best to worst.


All Things Considered interviews George Saunders about his new short story collection Tenth of December.

On finding voices for his characters

"I do this thing that I call third-person ventriloquist. It's kind of a standard third-person voice at first, and then, as quickly as I can, I try to get into the person's thoughts, but then with the extra kicker of trying to use [or] restrict myself to his or her diction. When you're thinking in somebody else's voice, you sort of do become them. So what I'm doing is kind of tapping into a part of me as a 15-year-old boy. ... It gets really psychologically complex. What I've found is this technique really makes me love these characters a lot, even when they're kind of messed up or they're doing things that are evil or questionable. Because you're entering the imaginative process through their doorway, it shifts the world a little bit on its axis."


NPR Music is streaming the new Buke and Gase album, General Dome (out January 29th).


Stephen R. Kellert talks to All Things Considered about his new book Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World.


Tim Bruzon of Wave Machines discusses the band's new album Pollen track-by-track with its producer at Drowned in Sound.


The Guardian examines Sylvia Plath's reasons for first publishing her novel The Bell Jar under a pseudonym.

The Guardian also interviews Plath's literary executor, Olwyn Hughes.


The Los Angeles Review of Books considers John Dos Passos's U.S.A Trilogy as the Great American Novel.


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Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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